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Bad starter symptoms

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Bad starter won’t crank How to diagnose a starter Diagnosing a starter issue is process of elimination. Here are the most common cause of a starter won’t crank condition 1) Dead battery 2) Corroded battery terminals 3) Bad ground connection 4) Bad ignition switch 5) Bad neutral safety switch 6) Immobilizer (anti-theft) problem 7) Bad starter relay in fuse box 8) Bad solenoid or bad solenoid contacts 9) Worn or shorted starter motor Always start with the battery Check state of charge using a multimeter. If voltage is below 12.2 … Read More

Nissan no heat

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Nissan no heat Fix Nissan no heat condition If you’ve replaced the coolant in a Nissan and now have a Nissan no heat condition, check the air blend door and the blend door actuator to see if they move when you change the temperature on the HVAC control panel. If they move, then you need to properly bleed the cooling system to remove the air. How to bleed air from Nissan cooling system There are two ways to do this: The easiest is with an AirLift air bleed tool that … Read More

Nissan U1000 trouble code

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Nissan U1000 trouble code Diagnose and fix Nissan U1000 trouble code The Controller Area Network (CAN) is a serial communication line for digital communication between modules. The CAN bus is a high speed multiplex communication system with excellent error detection ability. A U1000 trouble code means there’s a problem with the CAN bus. Nissan issues a service bulletin NTB06-009a Nissan has issued a service bulletin NTB06-009a to address a common Nissan U1000 trouble code on the vehicles listed below. Nissan has found that the U1000 trouble code is most often … Read More

Battery Saver Active Message on GM vehicles

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Battery Saver Active Message on GM vehicles Diagnose and fix a Battery Saver Active Message on GM vehicles GM service bulletin addresses Battery Saver Active Message on GM vehicles GM has issued a service bulletin #PIT4918 to address a Battery Saver Active message on 2010 Cheverolet Equinox vehicles. Start your diagnostics by checking for trouble codes. If you find a B1517 code, this bulletin applies. GM states that the problem may be caused by an open condition in circuit  #50 in the charging system. Most common causes of B1517 and … Read More

Subaru Throttle Body Relearn

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Subaru Throttle Body Relearn — idle relearn Subaru stalls after battery disconnect If you have a Subaru stalls after battery disconnect, here’s why it happens and what you can do to fix it. Subarus since the mid 2000’s have an electronic throttle body. Over time those throttle bodies can develop carbon buildup. As the carbon builds up, the ECM learns a new “home” position for the throttle plate. However, when you disconnect the battery or clean the throttle body, you must perform a Subaru throttle body relearn. Subaru calls it … Read More

P0411 Equinox and Terrain

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P0411 on Equinox and Terrain Diagnose and fix Equinox and TerrainP0411 P0411: Secondary Air Injection System Incorrect Air Flow Detected Diagnostic steps Using a scan tool with live data, monitor the Air Injection Reaction (AIR) solenoid sensor data. There are two voltages to monitor; 1-2 and 3-4. When the AIR solenoid is off, look for voltages between 2.5-2.7 volts. Use the bi-direction scan tool to activate the AIR solenoid; voltage should rise to 3.3 volts on both sensors. Start the AIR pump using the scan tool or using jumper wires … Read More

Hyundai P0011

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Hyundai P0011 — Diagnose and fix What is a Hyundai P0011? The official designation is P0011 \’A\’ Camshaft Position-Timing Over-Advanced or System Performance (Bank 1) On an engine with variable valve timing (VVT), the ECM pulses oil pressure to advance or retard camshaft timing to obtain maximum performance. The pulsed oil fills chambers in the camshaft phaser. As the chambers fill or empty, they rotate the camshaft forward or backward. #1 cause of Hyundai P0011 Using the wrong oil viscosity. The ECM assumes you’ve used the recommended oil viscosity. Knowing … Read More

Jeep P0456, P0457

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Jeep P0456, P0457 Diagnose and fix Jeep P0456, P0457 P0456-EVAP PURGE SYSTEM SMALL LEAK P0457-LOOSE FUEL CAP Step by step procedure to diagnose Jeep P0456 trouble codes Check for leak in purge hose and purge valve Start by unplugging the evaporative hose from the charcoal canister assembly. Install the smoke machine into that hose. Smoke test the system with the engine off. Check for evidence of smoke along the hose and at the purge valve. If you find smoke in the hose, replace the hose. If you don’t have a … Read More

Ford  P144C

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Ford  P144C Diagnose and fix Ford  P144C The Ford P144C trouble code means you have a “Evaporative emission system Purge Check Valve Performance” issue. The PCM performs an EVAP check valve test when the engine is running under minimal boost conditions. The test is performed once every drive cycle and only when entry conditions are met. The Ford P144C sets when fuel tank pressure exceeds a calibrated amount within a specified amount of time during the test. The cause of the P144C code can be: • Restricted EVAP ejector connections … Read More

Hyundai Ionic rear seat fire — recall

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Hyundai Ionic rear seat fire — recall Hyundai is recalling 2017-18 Hyundai Ionic vehicles  due to a Hyundai Ionic rear seat fire possibility. Hyundai has identified a power relay that may overheat and cause a fire. The power relay is located under the rear seat/ Hyundai Ionic recall — NHTSA #22V459000 Hyundai dealers will inspect the relay and replace it free of charge. Hyundai Ionic vehicles that have already had the relay replaced must have it replaced again.

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